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  • All-inclusive done perfectly at Grand Velas Riviera Maya
    All-inclusive done perfectly at Grand Velas Riviera Maya
    In all our travels, we’d never done the “all-inclusive” resort scene before. That changed with our latest trip to Mexico. We spent five luxurious days at Grand Velas Riviera Maya and couldn’t have been more impressed.Grand...
  • Xcaret is a most popular attraction in Playa del Carmen
    Xcaret is a most popular attraction in Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen is a popular vacation destination on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico with a number of cruise ships stopping here each year. Ferries also make routine crossings from here to Cozumel. One of the most popular tourist attractions just...
  • Poet William Butler Yeats lives on in County Sligo
    Poet William Butler Yeats lives on in County Sligo
    It only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way in Country Sligo, but it’s here that you’ll find Yeat’s countryside. Growing up here, he spent much of his childhood in the northern...
  • Ravinia Festival
    Not to be missed, North of Chicago
    If you’ve got an extra day to spend next time you are in Chicago, see if you can’t work in a trip, just 25 miles north of downtown. Two of my favorite places will make your Chicago trip so much more memorable – the Chicago...
  • Lots you don’t know about Put-In-Bay
    Lots you don’t know about Put-In-Bay
    It’s home to the 3rd tallest monument in the world. Any guesses?It’s home to the 2nd tallest monument in the United States. Any ideas?It’s home to the tallest Doric column in the world. Give up yet?It’s located on South...
  • Secrets of soft wool from Ireland
    Secrets of soft wool from Ireland
    Leaving the Slieve League Cliffs and heading east, we found our way back around River Glen and on to a place that still maintains the old art of hand-weaving.Studio DonegalStudio Donegal was our next stop in the little town of Kilcar. Preserving...
  • Delight in the height of Slieve League Cliffs
    Delight in the height of Slieve League Cliffs
    Continuing further down the Wild Atlantic Way, we find ourselves in southern County Donegal. This is the area known for the world’s highest sea cliffs.Okay, before I get deluged with comments from other parts of Ireland and the rest of the...
  • The historic past still draws visitors today to Cheyenne, WY
    The historic past still draws visitors today to Cheyenne, WY
    Since the Wild West Days, Cheyenne has grown up into a wonderfully diverse city. Beautiful parks and modern conveniences still rub shoulders with historic buildings and a rich historic past. Depending on your attention to detail, this is easily a...
  • Don't miss these 3 grand hotels in northern Country Donegal
    Don't miss these 3 grand hotels in northern Country Donegal
    In the last article we discussed a number of fun activities to be enjoyed in northern County Donegal while you are traversing the Wild Atlantic Way, but we glossed over where to eat and sleep. We’ll rectify that right now...
  • Annapolis - where seafood reigns supreme
    Annapolis - where seafood reigns supreme
    My other article detailed a number of attractions to enjoy while in Annapolis, and this one will keep you well fed, and housed in luxury.If you’re hungry:Naval AcademyWhile touring the Naval Academy, if the hungers hit, you’ve got a...
  • Make a splash in Sandusky - it's very cool
    Make a splash in Sandusky - it's very cool
    Going back a decade or so, I recall a rather dull drive through downtown Sandusky, Ohio. On my latest visit, I couldn’t believe the change. Cool looking buildings, nice parks, and great places to eat and to play. Nice going Sandusky –...
  • Donegal’s hidden gems along the Wild Atlantic Way
    Donegal’s hidden gems along the Wild Atlantic Way
    The Wild Atlantic Way seems to go on forever, but it obviously has to start somewhere. That some where’s northern-most point is Malin Head where the ocean has worn deep crevices into the headlands. Hell’s Hole, shown here, accentuates...
  • Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
    Arts and crafts rock Nappanee, Indiana
    Take a giant farm, import almost 300 of the finest craft artisans you can find, and invite 60,000 of your closest friends. Yep – that pretty much sums up the 52th annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival. Located in Nappanee, Indiana,...
  • Don't miss this city by the bay - Bantry in West Cork
    Don't miss this city by the bay - Bantry in West Cork
    Bantry Bay is the area of West Cork between the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula. Sitting just offshore is Whiddy Island and connecting the two is Tim O’Leary and his Whiddy Ferry. As we sailed out to the island, I couldn...
  • One more way to discover Ireland - the Sheep's Head Way
    One more way to discover Ireland - the Sheep's Head Way
    It may be named for the sheep, but the people and the trails make this a fabulous destination.Ireland’s southwest coast is a series of finger-like peninsulas extending into the wild Atlantic Ocean. One of the slimmest is Sheepshead Peninsula...